Publication Process

The publication process in the Zanco Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences refers to the series of steps and stages through which a manuscript undergoes before it becomes a fully published article in a scholarly journal. It involves several key steps, including submission, peer review, revisions, editing, and final publication. Below is a brief explanation of each stage:

  1. Submission: Authors submit their manuscripts to the ZJPAS, following the specific guidelines outlined by the journal. This usually involves preparing the manuscript according to the journal's formatting requirements and submitting it through an online submission system.

  2. Editorial Review: The editorial team conducts an initial review to ensure that the manuscript aligns with the scope of the journal, complies with submission guidelines, and meets basic standards of quality and ethical considerations.

  3. Peer Review: Peer review is an important step in guaranteeing the accuracy and rigour of scientific articles in ZJPAS. The selected peer reviewers analyse the manuscript's scientific validity, originality, methodology, data analysis, results interpretation, and quality. Reviewers may also comment on the manuscript's clarity, organisation, and ethics. This rating is normally anonymous to guarantee impartiality. The journal's editor receives peer reviewers' comments, criticisms, and suggestions after reviewing the article's submission. Reviewers provide authors with valuable feedback on the manuscript's strengths and mistakes. The editor decides on the article based on peer evaluation. The decision could lead to acceptance, rejection, or changes. Editors analyse reviewers' comments, scientific importance, creativity, and relevance to the journal's audience when making a decision.

  4. Author Revisions: Based on feedback from peer reviewers, authors may be required to revise their manuscripts. This stage involves addressing comments, clarifying content, and making necessary improvements to enhance the quality of the work.

  5. Editorial Decision: The editor, often in consultation with the editorial board, makes a decision on whether to accept the manuscript, request further revisions, or reject it. This decision is communicated to the authors along with any additional guidance. The average manuscript acceptance rate is 30–35%.

  6. Copyediting and Proofreading: If the manuscript is accepted, it undergoes copyediting to improve language, style, and formatting. Authors may be involved in reviewing and approving edited content. Proofreading ensures that the final version is error-free.

  7. Publication: The accepted and finalised manuscript is officially published in ZJPAS and becomes part of the scholarly record.